Va. Man Guilty of Defrauding 88-year-old Dementia Patient

December 16, 2010

A Galax man has pleaded guilty to stealing from an 88-year-old dementia patient under his care.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy says 46-year-old Bernard Dale Satterfield pleaded guilty Wednesday to two fraud counts for writing checks and withdrawing money from the victim's bank account. Satterfield faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing March 7. He is required to repay about $26,000 to the victim.

Satterfield was a companion care provider hired to work with a Grayson County social worker, Rebecca Edward Hall of Galax. The 36-year-old Hall previously pleaded guilty to three fraud counts and faces up to 50 years in prison when she is sentenced Jan. 24.

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